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Outage Tells Us A Lot

Editor’s note: The following guest editorial comes from CNHI newspaper, Traverse City Record-Eagle. For some, Facebook’s hours-long outage last week felt like the world grinding to a halt. The platform that sprouted from roots... — Updated 10/13/2021


Condition Of N.C. Schools Needs To Be Addressed

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by educators John deVille and Kenya Donaldson. Complaints ranged from undrinkable water, termites, and even sewer flies. There was extreme overcrowding near a world class... — Updated 10/11/2021


Supporting Long-Term Solutions

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Alice Wellborn, a former educator and member of the Transylvania County Board of Education There is an old story, called The Parable of the River or Babies in the River,... — Updated 10/6/2021


Texas Case Accents Death Penalty's Inhumanity

Editor’s note: North Carolina is one of 27 states that currently authorizes capital punishment, though the state has not executed someone on death row in nearly 15 years. The following guest editorial originated with the CNHI... — Updated 10/4/2021


Are We There Yet?

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Jim Hardy, a retired teacher living in Pisgah Forest. He is treasurer of the 400-member Blue Ridge EV Club and is available to speak to groups on EVs. Contact him at... — Updated 9/29/2021


Off To College

Editor’s Note: The following guest column was written by D.G. Martin, who hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” Sunday at 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday at 5 p.m., on PBS North Carolina. In some North Carolina houses, this is a time of... — Updated 9/27/2021


Lack Of Housing Must Be Addressed

Editor’s Note: The following guest opinion was written by Mike Hawkins, a former Transylvania County commissioner and executive board member of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. In recent years much has... — Updated 9/23/2021


Hospital Board Members Resign

The following guest column was submitted by Parker Platt and Mark Weinstein. Both of us have decided to resign from the Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) Board. Together, we have taken some time to reflect on our time on the... — Updated 9/20/2021

 By Richard Rogers    Opinion

Digital Divide Hurts Elderly

When people were asked to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, it was taken for granted that modern broadband technology could serve as a bridge to normalcy. We quickly discovered that this wasn’t the case.... — Updated 5/10/2021


Guest Column - Looking At HCA's Compliance

(Editor’s Note. The following is an update from the independent monitor, Gibbins Advisors, LLC, by Ronald Winters.) As we begin year two of our monitoring and evaluation of HCA’s compliance with its 15 commitments at Mission He... — Updated 5/5/2021


Sustaining A Democracy Takes Hard Work

It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment. What’s the Senate going to do about the filibuster? How should infrastructure money be spent? Is the country... — Updated 5/3/2021

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

There have been many low points that our country has faced since COVID-19 arrived in the United States last year, from the early days of the pandemic when we didn’t understand much about the virus, how it was spread, or its... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Rolls Out Innovative Beyond The Mask Program

It’s hard to come up with an area of our lives that COVID-19 hasn’t touched. Gathering with friends and family in our homes and in public places became a thing of the past, as did going to the movies, attending sporting events... — Updated 4/1/2021


What Am I Supposed To Do With All This Mud?

Editor’s Note: The following was written by Addison Bradley, a livestock agent, with the N.C. Cooperative Extension. As I sit here writing this, I’m looking out the window and it’s raining - again. I’m also thinking about... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

TRH Expanding Its Radiology Services

Our dedicated Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) providers diagnose and treat injury and disease every day, and important leaps are being made regularly in how quickly and efficiently they can provide care. One game-changing inno... — Updated 1/25/2021

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

Monopoly By Google Is No Game For Local Papers

It is no secret that Google has secured a near monopoly in the search and local advertising world. However, the impact on newspapers hasn’t been quite as obvious. A number of lawsuits have recently been brought that call Google... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Mark Burrows    Opinion

Summarizing Project Empathy's Time To Listen

COVID-19 and the ensuing economic hardship experienced by so many individuals and families from Balsam Grove to Rosenwald has taken its toll on our community and communities across the state and nation. Social isolation and a hyper... — Updated 1/13/2021


Local NAACP Denounces Trump, Cawthorn

From its beginning more than 100 years ago, the NAACP has been a non-partisan organization. This doesn’t mean that we stay out of political matters, but rather that our organization has no permanent political affiliation, only a... — Updated 1/11/2021


Unified Response Needed To Defeat COVID-19 Pandemic

As of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, all residents and staff who have agreed to be vaccinated at Tore's Home, Inc., along with our home care clients, have been given the vaccine. This is... — Updated 1/11/2021

 By Carter Heyward    Opinion

A Call To The People Of Transylvania County

I lived in Hendersonville from 1947-54. Ours was a Christian home, where we read the Bible and had family prayer around the breakfast table every morning before I set off on foot with a couple of classmates for Rosa Edwards... — Updated 12/28/2020

 By Michele Pilon    Opinion

The TRH Family Is Here For Your Family

Not one person would argue the fact that this year, 2020, has been one for the books. So much about how we live our lives is unrecognizable when compared to nine months ago. As we approach the end of 2020, one thing that keeps us... — Updated 12/23/2020


PARI Focuses On Children's Futures And STEM Shortage

America is facing a crisis and this crisis is accelerating with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This revolution, along with the current pandemic, is blurring the boundaries between physical, digital and biological learning. We... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Emily Lowery    Opinion

Frigid Temps Call For Action

The Haven of Transylvania County is our county’s only homeless shelter. It is committed to keeping its doors open and serving the homeless community. In order to come into either shelter at present time, a person must make an app... — Updated 12/9/2020


Recalling Attack On Pearl Harbor

I was almost 10 years old on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. My parents and I were living in the naval dependent housing area at Pearl Harbor and adjacent to Hickam Army Airfield. From our house, one could clearly see Ford Island in the... — Updated 12/7/2020


Thankful For Resiliency

2020 has been one of the most difficult years this century. Due to COVID-19, more than 250,000 Americans have died, millions have been unemployed for at least a few months and thousands of businesses have closed. In addition,... — Updated 11/25/2020


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